PREVIOUS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Claude Dumas, Lucas Bouan, Madeleine Calafell, Melinda Fourn, Hugo Guérin, Zoé Moineaud, Nicolas Quiriconi, Elsa Shao, Lucile Soussan

Claude Dumas, professor and creator of the pottery workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, brought together eight of his students to make a residency at Casa Lü. 

Born in Roanne in 1955, Claude Dumas graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris in 1981. Upon graduating, he founded a design company he will lead for ten years before taking the direction of CREAR, Institute of Crafts and Communication. In 1996, he became assistant to Georges Jeanclos then Giuseppe Penone. In 2002, he created the workshop of Ceramics in the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. Excellent technician, Claude Dumas has a practice of sculpture that questions the very nature of the medium. Primarily working in ceramics, he uses the earth both for its intrinsic properties and its ability to absorb a different nature. The inorganic thus defies gravity and metamorphoses indifferently into a shoot, a skull or an egg in order to probe the very foundations of life.

Chris Bury

Chris Bury is an emerging artist, curator and director based in Nipaluna/Hobart, Lutrawita/Tasmania. In December 2018, he finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the Tasmanian College of the Arts - working under Neil Haddon and Yvette Watt. Since graduating he has spent his time co-founding and directing GoodGrief Studios, a new artist run initiative which houses 15 studios, a gallery and a project space. His practice centres on the traditional medium of paint whilst simultaneously exploring the possibilities of showcasing video and sound works. He draws off social theories, constructed realities and an ill-conceived sense of place. As a result of this focus, the work tends to describe the emotional resonance of marginalized communities, outsiders and strangers.

Laila van Berge

Laila van Berge is a young artist from Amsterdam, driven by the absurdity in the ordinary.In her practice she focusses on the contemporary appearance of religiosity and myth in the most ordinary things in daily life. Intrigued by the smallest and simplest forms of daily routines or rituals and displays or altars. She plays in a field of belief and desire. Wanders where the sacral and the secular battle and trend and tradition are in tension. Here marketing became the new form of mythologizing. A world wherein abstract and inner ideals, fears and hopes are materialized in symbol and narrative. From the mash of the spiritual spectacle and commercial catharsis arises a colorful and chaotic aesthetic, characteristic for her work.

Amanda Wall

Amanda Wall, born in 1971, grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. Her Native American heritage influences her spiritual and psychological approach to her art. Her background in communication design, advertising, tattooing, and gallery assistant lead to pursuing an MFA in Painting and Drawing at Pratt Institute where she is currently in her second year. Wall as a child, would draw on the back of the offering envelopes in church and painted her first oil at age seven. She was raised by country gospel singers, a talent passed down on her mother’s Cherokee side. In her work, concepts are derailed, altered, reimaged and reinvented in the experience of painting. Process can change, and often does, in the middle of the process. Flexibility is key to listening and obeying the inner voice. 

Cindy Rehm

Cindy Rehm is a Los Angeles based artist and an educator. She serves as co-facilitator of the Cixous Reading Group, and is co-founder of the feminist-centered projects Craftswoman House and Feminist Love Letters. Rehm’s interdisciplinary practice moves between the genres of drawing, performance, and video to address the cultural suppression of women’s narratives and the legacy of hysteria. Her work is informed by research into printed ephemera, literary criticism, and the history of women’s art and writing. Rehm’s work has been shown at venues including: Elephant; Los Angeles, Woman Made Gallery; Chicago, LACE; Los Angeles, Goliath Visual Space; Brooklyn, Paul Robeson Gallery; Rutgers, ARC Gallery; Chicago, Transformer; Washington DC, Interaction IV; Sardinia, Italy, the Archeological Museum; Varna, Bulgaria and at Mains d’Oeuvres; Saint Ouen, France.

Justin Korver

Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program where he interned with Phoebe Washburn who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally and was recently an Artist-In-Residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien awarded through Blue Star Contemporary.

Marianna Trofimova

LIFE WITHOUT ART IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ME. MY LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING. I take a sketchbook everywhere, sketching plants, objects, people, ideas; finding elements that I use in my more structured, finished work. Drawing is a way of seeing, and feeling, the world around me.

I am a traditionally-trained fine artist and received an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2007. I incorporate numerous techniques I learned at Pratt in my current work. I create in many forms - painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, and sculptural jewelry.

The main idea in my work is "Beauty will save the world!" I think Dostoevsky said that. For me, finding beauty in the mundane is a way of redeeming necessity, a way of engaging in a conversation with the world, and a way to be an active participant in my own becoming.

The flowers I draw represent life to me. They are fragile and strong at the same time, so beautiful at their bloom, and yet it is a moment when they are starting to die. Still, they awake next year, are reborn. This cycle reminds us of our mortality, and yet sustains us: Many times during our lives we have to reinvent ourselves, and the time before that moment may be dark and difficult, but without it, new beginnings and possibilities will not open up, and we will not grow as human beings.

Anna Carlson

Anna is a multi-disciplinary artist from Brighton, UK. Over the last year she has been pursuing a particular body of work, ‘COURT’; an ongoing exploration of sports courts and pitches with a curiosity for their aesthetics, geometry and their roles in social infrastructure, cultural and individual memory and nostalgia.

 

The work has taken the form of paintings, printmaking, sketches, photography and painting court markings in public places in the UK, Italy, Portugal and Mexico. 

 

Anna’s recently produced her first solo show, ‘COURT’, in Brighton which ran throughout the month of May 2019. She produced a range of studio works as well as painted, sound and video installations within the space.

Noah Kashiani

Noah Kashiani's work carefully balances harmony and discord. Kashiani's work communicates the idea of artwork as a product, exposing the irony of today’s gluttonous society. Nods to consumerism are often represented which explore the idea of exclusivity, value, and the translucent validation that comes with material items. Noah Kashiani has shown in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia and has participated in residencies in Spain and Los Angeles.

Sheena Matheiken and Maximón Monihan

Sheena Matheiken and Maximón Monihan are Brooklyn-based filmmakers who run the subterranean film collective, Bricolagista!. Their award-winning debut feature film, LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS, played at over 30 international film festivals and was distributed by Factory25. Based on true events, La Voz is a modern-day silent film about a deaf immigrant girl who arrives in New York City as a trafficking victim. Their second feature, SEA TO SHINING SEA, is a satirical hybrid documentary shot across 16 states of the US, capturing the current tumultuous state of all things red, white and blue. The film is playing theatrically and scheduled to have a VOD release in 2019. The duo is now shooting a new film in Mexico City, as part of their residency at Casa Lu.

Julia Kansas

Julia makes drawings, paintings and ceramics that explore narratives surrounding boredom, vice and identity. Portraits and still lifes convey moments of contentment and contemplation. Leisure and boredom are luxuries that she exploits and distorts by filtering through humour and sincerity in order to create works that are simultaneously mundane and stimulating. 

 

For the past couple of years she has fervently created a series of portraits of real and imagined women paired with autobiographical still lifes. Soft pastels, gouache, oil paint, charcoal, pencil crayon, ceramic, and animation are some of the tools she uses to create her work. Julia exploits many different mediums to create these images because she embraces experimentation as a large part of her practice. Each image or object plays a role in her continued exploration of what ennui and leisure mean in contemporary culture.

 

Julia lives and works in Calgary, Canada.

Marie Hazard

The know-how in my opinion is first of all a savoir-être. I am a weaver. At 24, I weave the invisible threads of an intimate story that does not know how to say otherwise. Trained in textile handicraft training in London – Central Saint Martins – I acquired the weaving skills that taught me a job, a safety in doing it, but also the daring of incorporate more contemporary elements from other arts: painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and photography. I could add calligraphy, poetry, exploration is infinite.

On my old wooden loom, I weave miles of coiled threads that are released and mingle according to a well-established and thoughtful framework. Weaving is the art of miscegenation. I juxtapose photos, paintings on paper, materials, colours, folds and folds. It is a dance with the craft, a ritual and slow dance with the arms and the whole body that repeats endlessly the ancestral gesture of the craftsman, which requires physical commitment and self-sacrifice. All this should not be interrupted, I would lose my own drawing as the thread of my story.

After a long preparatory work, I choose my natural paper and linen threads, dye them, put them on the job, collect my images from everyday life, my own photos or those cut from magazines, I assemble them, paint them again or redraw them, then I print them on weaving by the process of sublimation or digital printing. It is an adventure playground where living universes are created that move and question. The stakes are there: it’s about capturing something of the energy of the world, and using the threads like the spider that weaves its web, making a mechanical work a unique piece.

Jackie Dives

Jackie Dives explores themes of identity, family, and mental health through photography, film, and mixed media. While working as a doula she began photographing women giving birth and this led to her interest in documenting social justice issues through the lens of the female gaze. Inspired by artists Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, and Mary Ellen Mark, Dives' works are diaristic, vulnerable, and sometimes confrontational. Her work has been published internationally, including in CBC Arts, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, Bloomberg Business, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean's.

Bruno Albizzati

Bruno Albizzati, born in 1988, lives and works in Paris, France

Rooted in the use of paper and cardboard, his work articulates itself through different techniques such as charcoal, graphite powder and pigments on the one hand, spray paint and textured matters on the other.

 

The porosity between different experiments is a key element of his work. Through various processes, he explores the possibility of creating through the partial use of deletion. Influenced by the way mineral surfaces are eroded through time, or by how light structures a specific space, he intends to render the experience of an esthetic shift.

He graduated from Arts Déco Paris in 2012.

Since 2009, his work has been included in multiple collective exhibitions, notably at Centre Pompidou (2009) or Maison de l’Architecture (2013) in collaboration with various galleries and curators such as Odile Burluraux, of the Paris Modern Art Museum (2013) and Alicia Knock from Centre Pompidou (2016). His work is regularly shown in several International Art Fairs including the Spring Break Art Show in NYC, Art Paris Art Fair at Grand Palais, Art Central Hong Kong or Art Stage Singapore. Recent personal and two-persons exhibitions took place at Schuebbe Inc., Düsseldorf (2015) and Galerie La Forest Divonne in Paris (2017) and Brussels (2017-2018).

Lori LeChien

What happens when you give a gospel/soul singer a cherry red semi-hollow body guitar and some pedals? Well, you get people clapping, singing, and dancing. Juxtaposing an eclectic mix of soul, folk and hip-hop, Southern Illinois native Miss Lori LeChien knows how to bring people together with the music of Talk2Strangers. 

 

Audiences not only feel inspired to sing along and clap to the music, but to also shed their fears and turn strangers into friends. We all need a safe space to feel loved and accepted, and the music of Talk2Strangers creates that healing space in order to build a more beloved community.

 

 Miss Lori sang background vocals on Portugal the Man's 2017 Grammy Award-winning record "Woodstock" and on Electric Guest’s 2017 record “Plural”. She is wrapping  up a self-titled Talk2Strangers LP with producers Cole M. Greif-Neill (Beck, Snoop Dogg) John Barnes III (Pharcyde,The Roots), and Jon Gilbert (Pete Yorn, Off!) and has  plans to release a single in 2019. 

Courtney Coombs

Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. Their practice responds to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Coombs is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny, impressive and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items and gesture to explore human connection and/or disconnection. 

Coombs is also a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-current). They graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours and has been awarded a PhD (practice-based research) in Visual Art at the same institution. Coombs has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in venues that include: Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Villa Merkel (Esslingen), Roji to Hito (Tokyo), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), Performance Space (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney),  the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) and Metro Arts (Brisbane). 

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, love and sex are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. They resulting collages, drawings, sculptures and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark sexual symbolism.

 

Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria) and Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Hilmsen, Germany).

 

She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where she is the co-director of the

innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery.

Estelle Fournier

Estelle Fournier is a French multi-disciplinary artist born in 1991 and based in Glasgow.  She graduated from her master with honors at the Glasgow School of Art in 2015. She recently performed for Casual Nexus in Glasgow (Uk), RUNG Trinity Centre, Bristol (Uk) had a solo show Tacky Serenade in Mottattom, Geneva (Ch) ; curated a performances night I Want It that Way at 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow (Uk); performed for Urara Tsuchiya and Richard Dodwell for Dragon Palace Entertainment at Glasgow International (Uk). She aims to underline an alternative live stream reality using narration, make believe and expectations that merge from our craving of embellishment into the everyday life. We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. From our culture : the big capital H historic one, the pop one, urban myths etc… the food of this dream to us : the narrators, the fools, the heroes.

Charlie Mai

Charlie Mai, Virginia United states,  is a recent graduate from Bard college working in Performance, sculpture and Print. His work focuses on the notion of country to the mixed race person. The placelessness and necessary personal myth that accompanies living in a nation that has no room for you in its imaginary.  

Namen Basil

Namen Basil lives and works in Bogotá,Colombia. He studied Illustration and visual communication at Westminster in London and a masters in VXF at ESCAC Barcelona.

He show us his view of the world through animation, he is interested in mechanics of life and our experience through it as human beings. He believes that our experiences are but repetitions of our past transformed into  more developed and solid situations. With the passage of time we evolve our minds.

Gabrielle Birnholz

Guest artist

Brought up on the African continent, with roots in France, the USA and Eastern Europe, Gabrielle Birnholz comes from a culturally-mixed background. Because of her international life experience, Gabrielle makes it a moral commitment to produce photographic documents with the aim to retain heritage and the precariousness of life. She also seeks to build bridges of understanding by investigating notions of perception. Using photographic tools and other mediums, she produces fictional stories and, questions the intangible and the spiritual world.

Gabrielle Birnholz is a multidisciplinary artist and photographer based in Paris, France. She has studied fine arts at Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne of Rennes (EESAB), and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Paris (ENSBA), as well as 12 years of dance in various institutions. The influence of western education has helped her coin academic and experiential languages to express her nomadic and transcultural vision. She has been involved as a photographer in anthropological and textile research in West Africa and she is currently investigating "The Feminine Power" while in Mexico at the Casa Lü art residency.

Emma del Rey

Emma del Rey lives and works  in Miami.  Her practice includes photography, 2d work  and sculpture. She is interested in acknowledging subtle relations between specific arrangements, evoking moments of balance. Her intention is  to engage with the viewer by creating a space of tranquillity, where objects and the space in between those objects give way to connection. Focusing on their relation to each other, they aim to work in unison as an arrangement.

Blythe Cain

Blythe currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, and has recently been accepted into the Goldsmiths MFA program in London for Fine Art (2018- 2020).  Blythe just finished her year with the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, which supports the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists.  Currently, she is completing a series of work at the artist residency, Casa Lu in Mexico City (July-Sept, 2018).  At Casa Lu Blythe will be working with local architectural facade materials and techniques found in this particular area of Mexico City.  Here, she will use local wood, glass, and metal for a series of window like wall sculptures that will explore transparent space and concepts of the non-space.

Blythe's works consists of multi faceted surface oriented excavation plates.   These forms are often excavated or carved out and viewed as convex or concave works.  Each piece follows motions of cutting, removing, and documenting creating a type of archaeological practice. This process is created in order to discover the thin veil of shared space or transparent space.  Concepts of the non-space are also inspired by:  (Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias, by MICHEL FOUCAULT 1967).    The non-space or shared space of what is removed provides further explanation for that which isn't seen and lies in the physical concepts of transparency.

Maresa Carney

Maresa Carney (b.1984, Vienna, Austria) lives and works in Queens, New York. She studied art history and history in Vienna, and received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College New York, majoring in art history and studio art. She is the 2016 recipient of the Kossak Painting Fellowship and currently works in sculpture conversation in New York. 

 

Maresa had solo exhibitions with Bible gallery New York, This Friday or Next Friday New York, and participated in group shows with Fortress of Solitude New York, Bushwick Open Studios New York, as well as the Hunter College Art History Department New York. 

 

Maresa’s primary medium is painting. Her mostly large scale canvases are figurative, expressive, and dominated by strong narratives. Throughout her extensive travels, the artists documents contemporary as well as historical cultural identity. Her background and interest in literature, philosophy, and history, profoundly influence her process. In her work, Maresa draws from her own experience, as well as her substantial research in humanities. 

Johanna Breiding

Johanna Breiding is a photographer, video and installation artist that intersects analog and digital technologies to emphasize voice, movement and experiential pathos. Breiding attended Scripps College, the Glasgow School of Art and received her Masters from CalArts in Photography and Related Media. She has exhibited work at art venues and museums including Photo LA (Los Angeles), LAXART (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Ochi Projects (Los Angeles), Elga Wimmer Gallery (New York), the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Lenzner Gallery (Claremont), the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) and the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland). She is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Originally from  a small village in Switzerland, Johanna Breiding currently lives and works in Los Angeles where she has been teaching at SFAI, CalArts amongst other institutions and is currently a lecturer and visiting artist at Scripps College.

Jimena Montemayor

Guest artist

Jimena Montemayor (Mexico City, b. 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Mexico City. Graduated from University of Miami '12 in Graphic Design and Visual Journalism. Her practice explores physical energy, emotional impacts and environmental reactions into a visual and graphic language. Montemayor works with a variation of formats and materials from mixed media drawings and collages, digital pieces, to tridimensional stainless steel sculptures. As both a visual artist and graphic designer, she has collaborated not only within the art world, but also in the fields of fashion, photography and music. Her work has been exhibited during Zona Maco 2018, Arte Careyes 2017, Miami Art Basel 2013, 2014 as well as in other group shows in Mexico City, Miami and New York. 

Nooshin Rostami

Nooshin Rostami (b. Shahroud, Iran) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She grew up in the old and dusty megacity of Tehran and immigrated to the United States to pursue her graduate studies. Soon after her move, she finds herself in a place of exile and uncertain of the possibility to return to her home country. This unsettled journey of displacement shaped the core questions of her practice.As a multidisciplinary artist, Rostami works predominantly in performance, installation, and sculpture where she creates controlled systems of structures and simultaneously brings a series of mutable and spontaneous gestures. Within metaphorical constructions, she explores the traits of forms both liquified and structural to negotiate the relationship between some seemingly paradoxical concepts of human state: stable versus uncertain, controlled versus unruled, and static versus fluid. Through this process a series of abstract forms mutate into an amalgam of objects, constituting personal, social & political narratives. Rostami has widely exhibited and presented her work in solo and group settings in the United States, Iran, India, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Her work has been featured in a number of publications such as Baumtestquarterly, Jadaliyya and Ajam Media Collective. She has participated in residencies both locally and internationally such as NARS and Tifa working studios. Her research interests pertain to system development, and the relationship of object and body to space, place, and landscape.

Lucie Coussa

Lucie Coussa, graduated from ENSAD in Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) and CFPJ (Centre de Formation des Photojournalistes).
She won the Leica price in photography (Second laureate) also the price of IGN (institut de Géographie Nationale). She has traveled around 30 countries and lived in India and Japan. She has shown her work in Tokyo, Marseille and Paris.

Alan Ramiro Manning

Alan Ramiro Manning (Los Angeles, 1989) Is a designer with a professional degree in architecture. He aspires to thread the natural discovery of sketching into the practice of building, creating and community making. His mantra is 'SeeTheLines Worldwide' by creating a collection of urban sketches through the medium of ink and watercolors. 

Saoirse Donegan

Saoirse was born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in the United States. She holds a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has studied at the California College of the Arts. Her photographs deal with current events both in the US and Mexico. 

Jorge Rosano Gamboa

Guest artist

Jorge Rosano Gamboa (Mexico, 1984) is a visual artist who lives and works in Mexico City. He graduated from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda (2011). He studied the Master in Art Criticism and Production at SOMA. His solo exhibitions include Impermanencia, MUCA Roma, Mexico City (2013), Ominus, 1919 gallery, Berlin (2016) and Pentimento, Galería Breve, Mexico City (2017). Among his collective exhibitions are Nuestro Barrio, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, Dark Cartographies, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago (2016) and Blessed, Chalton Gallery, London. He has participated in art fairs in Mexico, Korea and Lima.

Taquito Jocoque

Guest artist

Taquito Jocoque was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on 1985. Her illustrations and work are influenced by growing up next to the border with the United States and by the 90´s POP culture.

Lucrezia de Fazio

Lucrezia de Fazio (Rome, 1993) Lives and works in Rome. Obtained honors on her BA in the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and did her MA in photography at Central Saint Martins in London where she had previously studied oil painting and sculpture. Her practice began with sculpture; she then felt the drive to experiment with video installations and mapping. Drawing is the skeleton and the root of her practice. Her work combines the matter and organic nature of sculpture with the immateriality of light and sound to create video-sculptures which recall the sphere of intimacy, perversions and the discourse with the unconscious. Lucrezia has shown her work in Norway, Poland, Mexico, Italy and the UK. 

José Ignacio Nuño

Guest artist

José Ignacio Nuño (Mexico City) studied industrial design with an specialization in visual arts at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. Over the last eight years he has been working as a founder and concept leader of Suhab, designing jewellery for Fabra, while painting on canvas and developing mural street art.

His commitment to sustainability permeates his whole work as an artist and as a designer. 

He is currently part of the Art Crit Academy mentorship program with David Kassan & Shana Levenson, working to further polish his drawing and painting techniques.

His line of research revolves around the development of the human spirit through drawings, paintings and designs that come from inspirational experiences in order to advance in the expression of personal truth. His work is guided by the search for moments in which you feel you are as close to the soul as possible.

Yonel Watene

Yonel Watene (Auckland, New Zealand. 1989) is a Maori artist, gallerist and curator indigenous to New Zealand. Lives and works in Dunedin where he founded and directs the alternative gallery SAVOIE de LACY (www.savoiedelacy.com)

He studied Business in Economics and Art and Design in the Auckland University of Technology. Yonel displays a willingness to explore different disciplines, having ventured into various realms that include painting, photography, sculpture and art writing. His practice is greatly invested in autobiographic narration, revisiting art historic traditions and homaging modern-cultures. He has recently exhibited at Yu Gallery, Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai, China. 

Noemie Vulpian

Guest artist

Noémie Vulpian (Valence, France. 1986) Lives and works in Mexico City. Her sculptural practice, both procedural and physical, results in simple, elementary forms of elegant ambiguity. She has taken a great interest in ancient, Mesoamerican and Middle Eastern arts. She studied at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her work has been exhibited at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Maison Rouge and the Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris and the Casa Wabi Fundación in Mexico.

Katherina Acevedo

Guest artist

Katherina Acevedo (Mexico City. 1988) is a self thought photographer. Lives and works in Los Ángeles, California. She is part of 

DAMAROSA, a female art collective comprised of diverse women

across the United States and Mexico, that seeks to celebrate the significant role of women throughout art, literature, and politics, while also spotlighting a new generation of influential female voices. 

Isauro Huizar

Guest artist

Isauro Huizar (Culiacán, Sinaloa, México. 1985) Develops professional work in interior design focusing on commercial spaces. Lives and works in México City. He studied architecture at Universidad de Monterrey and course the SOMA Academic Program. He works with different media and also performs site-specific work, rather than creating new objects, reorders and re contextualises what already exists. He directs the Muchas Cosas project (muchascosas.org) which seeks to disseminate the thinking and ideas of the artists related to their vision and production.

Katrine Morel Munksgaard

Guest artist

Katrine Morel Munksgaard (Copenhagen, Denmark. 1991) recently finished her masters in Arts & Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Throughout her studies she has been working as an architect in both Mexico City and Copenhagen, gathering inspiration for her own work and studies by observing and learning two different ways of thinking and building architecture.

She aims to create a distinctive, architectural and artistic reflection in the preparation of proposals, which confronts both significant issues in her profession and society, but also subjects that are more concrete and poetic. 

Vicente Quesada

Guest artist

Vicente Quesada (Mexico City. 1984) studied Mechatronic Engineering in México City. In 2010, he earned his master’s degree in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from Sussex University, England, where he studied the evolution of human intelligence with the purpose of replicating it on intelligent digital systems. Vicente’s works arise from his exploration of reality and our place in the universe. Through digital images and simplified representations, Vicente studies our ephemeral existence, reflecting our origins and common fate. 

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